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Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Easy, Fun Way to Look and Feel Good! Paperback – March 1, 2006

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Grade 6 Up-Issues concerning weight are not easy to discuss with teens, yet Bartell has managed to do just that. In addition to working with experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and eating disorders, she met with teens who scrutinized the content and shared their experiences. Twelve chapters cover topics such as taking control, genetics, eating disorders, and exercise. While the tone is upbeat, the message is serious: -¦dieting is not healthy and neither is constantly being critical of your body. You don't need to make exercise a priority over everything else in your life, and your self-worth should not be decided by the scale or the mirror. Frequent quizzes allow readers to rate themselves in such categories as self-control, body type, self-love, and food attitude. (There is a reminder before each one not to write in a library book.) Notwithstanding the pre-pubescent graphics-including hearts, stars, curlicues, and polka dots-the weakest section is on exercise, where stamp-sized line art and extensive text make following the routines tedious. This virtual support-system-in-a-book provides listings for Web sites, cookbooks, and contact information for related organizations. Frequent boxed insets, subheads, and chapter divisions allow readers to browse among the topics, so the book is effective without being read from cover to cover. Still, teens may end up doing just that as they experience a discussion that speaks to them with honesty and authenticity.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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"Dr. Susan did something few experts bother to do. She actually listened to teenage girls—and learned from them."  —Newsday



"Every adolescent girl should read it!"  —Neville H. Golden, MD, director, Eating Disorders Center, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Schneider Children's Hospital


"Practical, easy to follow, and highly motivational."  —Ira M. Sacker, MD, founder and director, Helping to End Eating Disorders Foundation, Inc. (HEED)



"A comprehensive, smart guide for whole living."  —Linda Silva, MS, LMHC, editor-in-chief, The Parent Guide


"Offers preteens and teens a masterful approach to taking control of their health, weight, body image and lives."  —Judy E. Marshel, PhD, RD, CDN


"Bartell is a friend to overweight girls everywhere."  —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)


"Sure to help scores of teenagers look and feel as good as they can."  —Kirkus (Kirkus Reports: Health and Fitness)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Parent Positive (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097215020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972150200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally recognized psychologist, consultant and multi-award winning author in suburban New York. She is also a much sought after speaker lecturing widely on a broad range of topics.

Her mission is to help adults, teens and kids recognize they can have greater control over their emotional and physical health, and can improve the quality of their lives, by teaching them a range of skills to successfully meet even their most challenging moments head-on. Her goal is to provide a perspective that allows people to balance life's demands through coping strategies so they can truly value the positive aspects of their lives.

Dr. Bartell is a recognized media expert who can frequently be found offering advice on national networks including CNN, CBS, ABC, and on shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20 and The Early Show, as well as on national and local radio stations across the country. She is also frequently quoted in print media including USA Today, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, FIRST for Women, Woman's Day, MSNBC.com, WebMD and CNN.com. She is also an expert advisor, with masthead credit, to KIWI magazine.

Dr. Bartell is the author of seven books, The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask series; Dr. Susan's Fit and Fun Family Action Plan: 301 Things You Can Do Today; Dr. Susan's Kids-Only Weight Loss Guide; Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The EASY, FUN way to Look and Feel Good! ; Stepliving for Teens; and Mommy or Daddy: Whose Side am I On?.

She is also the founder and director of two websites, www.girlsonlyweightloss.com and www.havinganotherbaby.com, and pens a nationally syndicated column, A Teachable Moment, which reaches well over half a million readers in the U.S. and Canada.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J T Cooper on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been in bariatric medicine for 39 years and this is the first book for teen-aged girls that makes sense. This is partly because of Dr. Bartell's advisory panel of a dozen girls and partly because of her extensive knowledge of behavioral management of obesity. The book is easy to read and understand and is practical in her choice of subjects to cover. Healthy eating, understanding of eating disorders, exercise and management of family interactions that could ruin a diet are covered extensively and intelligently. This book is comparable to the one for smaller children written by Leonard Epstein (The Stoplight Diet) that is out of print now. Parents with overweight teenagers need to get this book and share it with their daughters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stu Yurman on May 14, 2006
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As the mother of a 15 year old ninth grader, I was relieved that my daughter embraced Dr. Susan's Weight Loss Guide. Of course, I would like to say that my daughter devoured this book, and then stopped devouring everything in sight. It hasn't been quite that easy, but this Guide has made a significant difference in the way my daughter views her body, her image, and her relationship with food.

The book's format is fun and easy to read, filled with clever hooks that grab a teenage girl's fleeting attention. Lots of quizzes and self-ratings allow girls to be honest with themselves as they evaluate their thoughts about why and what they eat, and their food/friends/family issues.

I especially appreciated reading the thoughts and feelings of Dr.Susan's group of young teenage girls with their own real issues. Learning that my daughter is not alone in the teenage whirlwind of body image and popularity made me (and my daughter) take it all in stride.

This book is a must for all teenage girls, whether or not they are battling weight issues, since at its core, this Guide offers the roadmap to a healthy lifestyle.
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Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Easy, Fun Way to Look and Feel Good! is a guide written especially for female teens that does not promote a fad diet, but rather permanent lifestyle changes to help one stay in better health. From avoiding family patterns that predispose one to fat, to breaking the control that emotions have over one's eating, to easy and fun exercises that are good for the body and easy to get into using as a routine, Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide presents basic, solid advice broken down point-by-point for easy absorption. Highly recommended especially for any girl concerned by the rampant obesity epidemic in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lipkins on March 26, 2006
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Dr. Susan provides the best practical advice in an easy-to-read, easy to swallow format. Light reading for parents and kids, this will leave you feeling quite full, and happy with your choice.

The girls advisory board is a unique and creative way to let teens share their views. I believe this allows all girls to identify with the characters in the book...girls whose voices ring true.

This book should be in all pediatricians' offices!

Read this book and stop eating your feelings

Buy this book and you and your daughter will be fully satisfied!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold Benjamin Richman on March 8, 2006
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Picked up Dr Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide at a friends home and could not put it down. Her approach to valuing oneself is what has been missing from other weight loss programs. Buy it! You will learn a tremendous amount.

Sheila Richman
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avery on May 14, 2006
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As a teenager, I could really relate to this book! It supplied me with terrific tips and easy guidlines to follow! Its self-accessing quizzes and answers were clear enough for me to understand what I've been going through, what's right for MY body type, and what I had to do in order to create a healthier lifestyle for myself. Dr. Susan did most of the writing, but she was advised by a panel of 12 teenage girls. These girls contributed some of their personal weight-battle stories and they told of ways they changed themselves and their views. I found that these stories gave me incredible advise because they were things I could directly relate to!!!

One of the most important things in this book were the eating and exercising/activity tips and tricks. Using this book, I was able to figure out ways to incorporate healthier meals and snacks into my everyday hectic schedules. I also learned the consequences of binge-eating, and how to control my portions of snacks and meals. I was exposed to several new stretches and exercises from diagrams and descriptions, and I learned how I could make exercising into an enjoyable activity - rather than one to loate.

Despite how useful these things were, I found that the MOST helpful thing for ME was when I learned that DIETS DON'T WORK! I had been trying different diets on a constant basis. Dr. Susan taught me that the only way people can lose weight is if they PERMANENTLY change their lifestyle.

If you want to know the 411 on how to change your life, your self esteem, and your apperance, look no farther than Dr. Susan's "Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide" !!!
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